A small trip into Alex's natural habitat.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
|The Surfer's Path 94|
Recently during Hurricane Sandy together with friend and photographer Al Mackinnon, we went to an island in the Caribbean. We were unsure of what to expect, but upon arrival we were greeted with endless right hand barrels grinding over a perfect sand bank in warm water, without another soul in sight. In the end, being under the tarp tent in front of the perfect wave, in the buring hot sun surrounded by millions of mosquitoes, turned out to be a trip of a lifetime, and ended up on the cover of the latest "The Surfer's Path". Look at the article inside for more photos on this trip of waves that might just alter you perception of perfection.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
No Edit 2: Potatoes, Tomatoes and Surfboards from Alex Botelho on Vimeo.
No Edit #2
Boards don't come from a factory. They're grown in the ground on the beach!
The idea of growing a surfboard on the beach, instead of shaping it in the factory, came from the shaper of ferox surfboards, Octávio Lourenço. His intentions are green, so much that he fantasizes about growing surboards. Until now, there's hasn't been found a seed in Nature that grows into one (maybe some GMO company will make it one day, who knows) but we tried to put together a composition that would represent how that would be in the traditional portuguese farming way. We played in the ground, dough holes and planted surfboards, to put together our surfboard farm on the beach. After picking a ripe surfboard from the farm, giving it use to the point of overuse, the farmer watches his matured growth that took so long to grow, wilt right back into the ocean. Maybe growing a surfboard would take way longer then shaping one, and they would all be in different shapes fairly uncontrollably, but imagine looking out your backyard window and seeing a tree or farm full of surfboards, with one ripe everyday ready to be picked and surfed. Could be fun. Alex Botelho
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I arrived in California and the first thing I like to do when I get here is go to a store and look through all the candy and donuts and hamburgers that you can find here. It all looks so good when you first see it, especially coming from Portugal where you walk into a store and all you see is a dried chouriço, some potatoes or a pack of bolachas maria. But after a while all this food here does makes you sick.
So on Tuesday I bought a chocolate, and won a coupon for another chocolate. So I got a chocolate for free, and that chocolate won me another coupon for a chocolate. I got another chocolate for free, and that one gave me another free chocolate! So I got another chocolate for free!!! No wonder people are fat here...
I still have the same vehicle since last year, and it still looks like a rusty can of tomatoes, but coming back to the tomato can Van brings some memories. Just the smell of this thing reminds me of endless driving through windy roads, but with the reward of great waves at the end. Truth is that this van always got me to where I needed to get to, and i hope it does the same this time. If it doesn't, I'll have some kind of story to tell you soon.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Ao ver a previsão das ondas sem sinal de ondas para os próximos dias, resolvi passar dois dias nas montanhas a fazer snowboard.
Enquanto subia as montanhas e via elas cheias de neve a excitação começa a subir. Já só queria era estar a descer os montes o mais rápido possível! O tempo todo a pica para entrar pela neve a dentro vai acumulando, mais e mais, e quando chegou o momento para descer o primeiro monte estava tão excitado que nem conseguia controlar o que andava a fazer.
Meti o snowboard debaixo do pês e pensei: Oh eu já sei fazer isto! Fui descer um monte a direito e entrei logo pelas arvores a dentro, despenquei-me no meio do monte e fui de reboleta no meio das arvores! Já nem fazia ideia para onde é que era a pista.
Mas isto não foi só uma vez! Passei os dois dias inteiros tão excitado sem me conseguir controlar, a descer os montes para dentro das arvores, a cair com o cu no chão, com a cara no chão, com as costas no chão, com a barriga contra uma arvore, a enfiar a cabeça na neve que nem um palito, a ir contra pessoas, a ir contra os postes, e mais, e mais e mais. Acho que não houve nenhuma superfície do meu corpo que não foi espancado contra qualquer coisa! Se desse para ver eu a descer o monte de um avião, eu ia parecer um objecto a rebolar brutalmente pelo monte abaixo a levar coisas pela frente no meio das outras pessoas que elegantemente deslizavam pelas pistas abaixo.
No final destes dois dias eu parecia uma sardinha ressequida ao sol colado no chão da lota num dia de calor. Estava com tantas dores no corpo! Eu cai tantas vezes, que cada vez que eu não caía fazia um berro qualquer de contentamento! E isto é porque não se deve fazer snowboard durante uma surftrip. Vai aqui um video com as as quedas durante duas descidas que tinha a camera a filmar, se tivesse filmado todas acho que a camera já não estaria num pedaço só.